A “totaled” or total loss vehicle is one that suffered a collision or some form of damage that costs more to repair than the car was actually worth before the collision. Stay safe and keep your car in one piece by learning more about the car collisions and damage that can result in a “totaled” car, and how they can be avoided.
The most severe type of collision occurs when two cars collide head-on. Many of these accidents, even at low speed, will result in damages that are very costly to repair. When you’re close to oncoming traffic, don’t change lanes too quickly or spend too much time in a turning lane before making your turn.
Total loss collisions can, in many cases, be avoided by being a smarter driver. Be sure that you pull over and rest if you’re tired, and that you always focus more on the road rather than on the passengers in your car, the scenery, your phone, or your car’s radio.
Water and Fire Damage
To avoid water damage that is very expensive to repair, do not park your car on a street or an area that is prone to flooding, and never try to drive through fast-moving water, even if it looks shallow. Fire damage can also result in a “totaled” car, so be very careful when filling up and always keep your car properly maintained.
Hitting an Animal
When driving at night, be extra careful of areas where deer or other animals are known to cross, as a collision with an animal can require extensive repair work. Always use your brightest lights when driving at night, and never speed if you’re in an area with a lot of wildlife.
If your insurance company is claiming that your car is a total loss, be sure that you come to Schiro’s Collision Repairs to learn more about how you can negotiate with your insurance company for a repair payment. For more information, visit our website or call us at (818) 641-1797.